We are committed to ensuring that the curriculum is broad and balanced, in order that the needs of all children are provided for, whatever their gifts and talents.

The broad and balanced curriculum gives pupils a vast experience of linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technological, physical and creative education. All children are encouraged to make progress and fulfil their potential, with support being given to each pupil in order to strive to attain their best potential. We provide an appropriate and applicable curriculum for the ages, aptitudes and needs of all pupils including those with EHC plans (statements of SEN).

We promote fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.


  • To help each child reach their potential and inspire all to achieve personal best in every subject through an encouragement of a love of learning.


  • To foster pupils’ true creativity, developing basic life-long skills of speaking, listening, literacy, numeracy and essential skills of learning.


  • To give an informed perspective about the role of each and every individual in our school community, in society, in our country and in the world.


  • To inspire pupils to a commitment to learning which will last a lifetime, promoting high standards in all learning and teaching.


  • To encourage self-motivated learners and confident communicators, being aware of the need for both competitive and non-competitive philosophies.


  • To ensure that our pupils have opportunities to experience linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technological, human and social, physical, aesthetic and creative education.

We believe that each child at St Bede’s is entitled to a curriculum which is characterised by:

  • Breadth: bringing pupils into contact with a range of learning and experience where values such as mutual respect and courtesy are reinforced.


  • Balance: the timetable ensures a balance between all the curriculum areas of English, Maths, Science, Religious Studies, Latin, French, History, Geography, Art & Design, Music, ICT, PE/Games, Non & Verbal Reasoning, Drama, PSHE/Citizenship and General Studies.


  • Relevance: appropriate learning objectives are used to focus teaching and learning, and cross-curricular links are pursued where desirable.


  • Progression: continuity within the curriculum, from EYFS through to UV Form, is monitored, assessed and evaluated regularly. Children in the upper school are also offered next step and broad careers guidance, identifying pupils’ strengths and study skills.


  • Teaching and Learning: Teachers and other staff have high expectations, using strategies to make learning enjoyable, stimulating, rewarding and confidence-building.